Shop Small at Oakland County Independent Toy Stores

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Are you shying away from big chain stores this holiday season? Is supporting local businesses important to you? Oakland County is home to several independent toy shops that offer a variety of specialty toys and events that will fill you and your little ones with childlike wonder. You’ll find all kinds of unique items, like dolls, games, comics, educational toys, and more. The perfect gift may be waiting for you to find it. Be a hero and surprise your little loved ones with something they’ll treasure! Take a look at our interactive map for locations before you go.

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Explore Your Creative Side

During the spring, summer and fall months, local communities come to life at Oakland County Art Fairs, complete with colors, textures and styles unique to those who call Oakland County home.

Lined with white tents, one end to the other, local parks and downtown districts invite artists to showcase their work. Art fairs and craft shows provide a true creative experience from handcrafted goods, intricate jewelry, unique designs and talented musicians.

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In the truest definition of community, artists, local businesses and sponsors set up shop. Whether it’s abstract art, blown glass, or a handmade dish, there is passion and creativity behind every creation.

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Service and Sacrifice Honored

Memorial Day

Decoration Day, as it was called from the Civil War until 1967, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.

The City of Ferndale, host to the oldest, continuously held Memorial Day Parade in Michigan, held their first Memorial Day parade in 1919. This year, they will honor all who have sacrificed during their 97th annual parade on Monday, May 25th at 10 a.m. in Downtown Ferndale.

Please join us honoring in those who served at one of the many events that Oakland County communities have planned for Memorial Day.

View our list of this year’s Memorial Day events by community.

Boom! Bang! Boom! Oakland County Fireworks 2014

4th of July Fireworks
For most people, the 4th of July is nothing without spectacular fireworks illuminating the night sky.  A number of Oakland County communities
will be celebrating over the next few weeks.

Here is our list of upcoming  firework displays around Oakland County– most of these shows begin at dusk, so grab a blanket or some lawn chairs and be prepared to be amazed.

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National Gun Safety Awareness Day

childsafe_logoJune 6th is National Gun Safety Awareness Day

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners Cubing Gun Violence Work Study Group in partnership with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Project ChildSafe, Crime Stoppers and local law agencies will host a news conference on June 3rd at 2 p.m. at the Board of Commissioners Auditorium at 1200 N Telegraph Road.

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